CarolinaAs promised last week, over these next months we intend to focus on Ursuline mission. To start us off, I’d like to introduce you to a good friend of ours at BacklitSister Carolina Gomez del Valle, known affectionately as Caro.

Caro is originally from Puebla, México and is a member of our Mexican province. She is a Montessori educator, and since 1976 has participated in teaching and mentoring Montessori teachers in different parts of the world, notably where there has been no training available. In 1992, Caro was the first person honored by the American Montessori Society with its Living Legacy Award. We asked Carolina three questions.

What is your ministry, and what drew you to it? Currently my ministry is to foster change in the education of young children. Our goal is to promote a style of education in which children receive better treatment from adults through a way of learning to be happy, responsible persons.

How do you see St. Angela’s charism alive in your ministry? I see Angela’s charism alive in so far as we help both children and adults to search for a better way to be responsible persons in a world in great need of those who act with justice, and with respect and love towards all kinds of people who share our planet Earth. Maria Montessori’s way of looking at what she called cosmic education gives this approach of unity and respect to education.

What gifts and challenges do you experience in the daily carrying-out of your ministry? The great challenge and gift I experience in the countries I visit now—USA, Spain, Slovenia, Russia, and Italy—are the differing needs and differing ways of looking at life. All over the world we face the common challenge of learning to survive positively in a world with such great needs.